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Lower Mississippi River Dispatch

Vol 8 No 6b - June 15, 2012

Free Guided Canoe Rides

Mud Island Memphis!

Mississippi River Trail “Summer of Paddling”

Tomorrow, Saturday June 16th

2-6pm after Outdoors Inc Canoe & Kayak Race

In celebration of the 2012 Summer of Paddling Quapaw Canoe Company will be offering FREE guided canoe tours of Mud Island in Memphis 2-6pm Saturday (after the Outdoors Inc Canoe & Kayak Race).

You read that right, free canoe tours down the length of Mud Island!

There is no charge, compliments of the Mississippi River Trail (MRT). Everyone welcome. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups, or any other youth groups are especially encouraged to participate. 25 maximum per tour in 3 giant hand-crafted voyageur-style canoes. First come, first served.

The tour route includes the mouth of the Wolf River, Harbor Town, the “M” Bridge, Tom Lee Park, Beale Street Landing, and the Memphis Harbor with spectacular views of the pyramid and all of downtown Memphis.

Meet big canoes and expert guides at the boat ramp located at the end of the upper parking lot on Mud Island Memphis. Tours will run on the hour starting at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, with the last tour running at 5pm.

Click here for google map of meet place:

No previous experience necessary but you must wear life jacket and be willing to paddle. Everyone paddles together in our giant Voyageur Canoes. Very stable and safe. Quapaw Canoe Company will be providing guiding and outfitting including paddles, lifejackets, water and all necessary safety equipment.

This event is made possible by the National Park Service and is one of the “Signature Events” for the 2012 Summer of Paddling. For more information about the Mississippi River Trail go to

For more information about free guided tours of Mud Island please contact John Ruskey by writing or calling 662-902-7841.

Memphis Outdoors Inc Canoe & Kayak Race

Calling all paddlers! Saturday June 16th is the Memphis Outdoors Inc Canoe & Kayak Race. You have until 6pm on Friday June 15th to register. Do it now if you haven’t already at

The Summer of Paddling 2012

The Summer of Paddling 2012 is a series of paddling events on the Mississippi River for new and experienced paddlers. Events will be hosted by a variety of agencies from Lake Itasca to New Orleans. Browse the event calendar to find a paddling event that fits your style and join us in America’s Great Outdoors this summer.

The Summer of Paddling 2012 is an outcome of the Mississippi River Connections Collaborative (MRCC). The MRCC partners (Federal and State agencies working with non-governmental organizations) are striving to provide Americans and visitors from around the world with opportunities to experience the Mississippi River through recreational and stewardship programs. Together we can preserve the corridor; a corridor rich in history, culture, lore and wildlife.

To post an event on go to the Submit an Event page. If you would like to have your organization listed as a partner of the Summer of Paddling 2012 send your web address to

Old Man River Project -- Chapter 10: To The Gulf

Rain, cold and heavy fog makes navigation incredibly dangerous as Annie weaves through the endless barrage of ships and barges. With only 50 miles to go before reaching the Gulf of Mexico, will they complete the mission? Go to and enjoy the conclusion of the 110 day expedition in the 32 foot long York Boat Annie.

Note: Have you missed previous chapters? Go to vimeo for the complete series of stunning videos, such as:

Old Man River. Chapter 8/10: Deep South

Old Man River. Chapter 9/10: Cancer Alley

River Gator

Lastly, if you haven’t yet visited, go enjoy a virtual journey down the Lower Mississippi with the River Gator Paddler’s Guide to the Lower Mississippi River, which is now live at

...And let us know what you think! We want your comments and reactions!